Screen Media Films has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to Ride, the film Helen Hunt wrote, directed and produced, and stars in alongside Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and David Zayas. Pic is Hunt’s follow-up to her helming debut Then She Found Me. In this comedy, she plays an editor from The New Yorker who follows her son (Thwaites) to LA after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, but she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. She befriends a limo driver (Zayas) and soon rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Wilson) and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself. Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Features, Big Block Ventures and @TheMovies Entertainment financed and UltraMedia is handling foreign sales.
“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” Hunt said. “Screen Media is the perfect place to get Ride to its audience.”
Screen Media prexy Suzanne Blech said the film will be released is second-quarter 2015. “Professionally, the opportunity to work with Helen and her producing team was something we absolutely wanted to make happen after we first started tracking the film,” she said. “Personally, I intimately identified with the mother’s journey in Ride and hope audiences will associate with Helen’s vision as much as I did.”
Hunt produced with Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little, and Moon Blauner, with Louise Runge, Samantha Housman, Matthew Carnahan, Robert Beaumont, Kevin Iwashina, Roxanne Fie Anderson, Elizabeth Stillwell, Bruce Bendell, Michael Paesano and Eric Alini exec producing. The water photography in Ride was done by renowned, world-famous water cameraman Sonny Miller, who died in July of a heart attack at age 53. This was his last film and it is dedicated to him. Screen Media’s Bleck and Seth Needle brokered with CAA and Preferred Content.